On Monday 10th September, 10 eggs were delivered to Primary 3c by the
Living Eggs programme. We had to keep them warm in an incubator.
On Tuesday our eggs began to pip (started to crack – chick pecking its
On Wednesday morning 2 eggs had hatched and we had 2 chicks when we
came into class. By the afternoon we had watched as 5 eggs hatched.
By Thursday morning all 10 eggs had hatched and we had 5 male and 5
female chicks . The pupils were very excited to watch the eggs hatch
and see 10 new born chicks in their classroom.
Everday we have to clean out the brooder and give them fresh water and
We have learned a lot about the life cycle of a chicken getting to see
it first hand. Everday we fill out a diary taking note of the changes
we see and what we have been learning.
We have discussed animal instincts, dependency of animals to parents
and we are now testing out some new food to add to their diet.
The Living Eggs programme ties in perfectly with our Harvest/ Farm
topic. The children have been learning about life on a farm
particularly at harvest time and have had first hand practice at caring
for one of the farm animals.
Quotes from children on the experience:
“I was very excited last Monday when the chicks arrived. I have enjoyed
telling the other classes all about the chicks when they have come to
visit.” Kacey Reilly
“We have made posters to tell all the other classes to come and visit
our chicks.” Hayden Baxter
“I don’t want them to go to a farm because I’ll miss them.” Marion
“We have loved having them in the class.” Lucy Hardie
By Miss McLaughlin